I normally see two schools of thought regarding artwork when I am assisting home owners in getting their home ready to hit the market.
One is that all artwork should be off the walls and leave everything neutral. This I especially see if the home has just been painted and the seller is reluctant to put holes in the walls. The second school of thought is that all walls should have a piece of artwork including small spaces and hallways.
What should be your mindset for selling is somewhere in the middle.
You must have artwork on your walls when you are selling your home. It will create a place for the eye to land as well as enhance a focal point. This is extremely important when it comes to the MLS photos. What angle will they shoot the room from? What is the first wall a buyer sees when they walk into the room?
Artwork should be hung or placed in key areas and many times that is only one place in a room. Usually not more than two places. A piece of artwork above a fireplace or above the sofa is probably all that you need.
In a Master Bedroom I rarely use more than one piece of artwork and no it is not above the bed if you have a headboard.
Many people feel that their house does not feel like a home if there isn't small pieces of artwork on each and every wall; on either side of a doorway, framing out a window and along a hallway. By having too much artwork it is actually a distraction for the buyer. Their eyes are taking in so many things and looking at all your wall hangings that they totally miss the architectural features of the house.
This stunning home has so much architectural interest that if there was artwork on all the small posts or spaces it would be distracting.
On the small MLS photo online, which is the first impression a potential buyer has of your home, they will see all the little things and miss the big picture (no pun intended, ha).
So stand back, take a look at your room and think about where you want the eye to be drawn. What is the first thing a person sees walking into the room? Take photos with your telephone and look at them like a buyer would online.
If you are struggling to see what is needed bring in a trained professional home stager to assist you with perfect placement and height of your artwork.